Calipari to Martin: 'Tom Crean can coach'

Chuck Martin, a former John Calipari assistant at Memphis, spoke to his former mentor for advice before accepting the Indiana assistant coaching job.

Before Chuck Martin accepted Tom Crean's offer to become the newest assistant coach at Indiana, he spoke to his former mentor, John Calipari.

Calipari, now the head coach at Kentucky, had Martin on his staff at Memphis from 2006-08. Crean has also had a friendship with Calipari in the past.

When Martin called Calipari for his thoughts, the Kentucky coach got right to the point.

"He said, 'Tom Crean can coach. Indiana's a special place,'" Martin said Monday. "'So if you want to get back into college coaching, this is a no-brainer for you. Like, you need to take the job if you can get it.'"

It was quite the answer from the head coach at a rival school, and it shows the respect other college coaches have for Crean.

Martin reiterated that fact during Monday's press conference.

"For me it wasn't about the basketball because he's done a phenomenal job in his career," Martin said of Crean. "He's really well respected in our profession, without a doubt. I mean, people, if you interact with coaches and you're a part of that fraternity, his name comes up all the time as one of the better coaches around the country."


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